A NEW set of services near Blackburn’s junction six of the M65 motorway has been partially opened.

The BP petrol station, and Spar shop with Subway and Totally Wicked vaping concessions began operation at the weekend.

The service area's Greggs drive-thru outlet, just the third in Britain, also began also opened on the £100million 90-acre Frontier Park development on the Hyndburn/Blackburn border.

The associated Starbucks and KFC drive-thrus are expected to open in the next two weeks.

Work is now under way on five warehouse buildings with 400,000 square feet of space.

The full development, due for completion by 2022 will have a million sq ft of commercial space and aims to create 2,000 jobs.

Building work on a185,000 sq ft warehouse is nearing completion while the steel framework of a second 135,000 sq ft building is now clearly visible.

Part of that second building is under offer from a potential occupier. Preparatory site work on three more warehouses has also started.

Frontier Park, being developed by Blackburn-based Euro-Garages, is accessed from the Whitebirk roundabout where a new traffic signal gantry and slip roads were completed in August.

Alex Kenwright, development manager, said: “Part of the service area opened at the weekend,. Things are starting to progress well."

Frontier Park also will have a 150-bedroom hotel, conference and banqueting centre and further 500,000 sq ft of commercial space.